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4 injured in Willimantic crash

A serious crash was reported in Willimantic early Monday morning. A serious crash was reported in Willimantic early Monday morning.

Four people were injured in a crash near the Eastern Connecticut State University campus in Willimantic early Monday morning.

The crash was reported on Oak Street, which is just a few blocks from the campus, around 4:45 a.m.

"All we heard was one hell of an impact," Reynaldo Soto said. "It was nasty. It sounded like an explosion."

Soto said his wife called 911 and he headed outside to see two of the family's cars smashed from the crash.

Willimantic police said the unidentified driver was heading south on Oak Street when it lost control, hit a silver Buick, swerved sideways and slammed into Soto's wife's SUV. The SUV then slammed into Soto's new Corvette, which he bought just this summer.

"It took me 59 years to get a Corvette and there you see what happens," he said. "The Honda is sitting on top of my Corvette."

While the crash startled plenty of neighbors and woke many of them up, some told police they heard the car coming and seconds later the crash occurred.

"One of the witnesses told us they heard the vehicle's engine revving," Cpl. Stanley Parizo said. "It looks like they might have done some tire chirping down there and accelerated southbound on Oak Street."

Firefighters needed to rip off the car's doors to free two people trapped in the backseat, and all four college-aged passengers were brought to a local hospital.

Officials said they would continue to investigate how the crash occurred, and will see if alcohol and speed were factors.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police.

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